Tours in Kyoto
colored beauty in Kyoto is most splendid in November.
The following Tours in Kyoto have been especially planned
by the organizers for you to enjoy such a Kyoto. We
hope the programs will deepen your understanding of
Japan and its culture.
Timetable for Social Programs and Optional Tours (op)
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Shuttle Bus Departure Schedule
||18:00 -18:20 for Banquet
||18:30 for Farewell Party & Kiyomizu Temple
Optional Tours (OP) in Kyoto will depart from
and return only to ICC Kyoto, main entrance. Lunches
of exclusive Kyoto restaurants are included. (Vegetarian
available on advanced request) An English-speaking guide
will be available on each Optional Tour.
Monday, November 15, 2010
(OP: optional tour)
Nijo Castle, Nishiki Market and Heian Shrine
||Japanese Culture (Ikebana and Chado)
at ICC Kyoto - Lunch - Nijo Castle - Nishiki Market
- Heian Shrine - ICC Kyoto
Culture - Ikebana /Japanese Flower Arrangement
Head Master Designate of Misho-ryu Sasaoka, Ryuho
Sasaoka will present an Ikebana performance. You
will also have an opportunity to try your hand
at arranging Ikebana. Your work will be displayed
for the enjoyment of the Symposium participants.
Culture - Chado / The Way of Tea
Chado or The Way of Tea is a traditional etiquette
for serving guests powdered green tea. It embodies
harmony, respect, purity and tranquility. After
the tea ceremony, powdered green tea will be served.
Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was
built in 1603 as the residence of the Tokugawa
Shoguns who ruled in Tokyo. The corridors in the
main building were designed to make the sound
of a Japanese nightingale when walked on to warn
of intruders. The gorgeous paintings on the sliding
doors are by artists of the Kano school.
In Nishiki Market, the Kitchen of Kyoto, food
for Japanese cuisine is sold. A feeling of Kyoto's
Heian Shrine was constructed in 1895 to commemorate
the 1100th anniversary of Kyoto as the capital.
It is dedicated to Emperor Kammu (737-806), the
founding emperor and Emperor Komei (1831-1866),
the last emperor to reign in Kyoto.
Heian or "peace and
tranquility" was the ancient name of Kyoto.
Boxed Lunch to be served at ICC Kyoto.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
|| Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion),
Ryoanji Temple (Rock Garden), Nanzenji Temple Main
Gate and Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts
|| ICC Kyoto - Kinkakuji Temple - Ryoanji Temple
- Lunch - Nanzenji Temple Main Gate - Kyoto Museum
of Traditional Crafts - ICC Kyoto
Kinkakuji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site,
was originally the villa of court noble Saionji
Kintsune. A century later Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu
(1358-1408) made great improvements to use as
his retirement villa, laying out an extensive
garden in which he built the beautiful Golden
Pavilion. Its reflection can be seen on the Mirror
The garden is designated
as a special
national historic and scenic site.
Ryoanji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site,
was previously the villa of noble families and
became a Zen temple in the 15th century.
The temple's rock garden
is famous for the fifteen rocks arranged on raked
sand, a masterly example of the beauty and harmony
of the "karesansui" style of the dry
landscape garden of Zen temples.
Temple, Main Gate
Nanzenji is the head temple of the Rinzai sect,
Nanzenji School of Zen. Retired Emperor Kameyama
converted his villa to the Zen temple in 1291.
The huge main gate, Sanmon,
constructed in 1628 commands a panoramic view
of Kyoto from its top and is especially beautiful
Museum of Traditional Crafts
Beautiful examples of Kyoto's diversified, fine
traditional arts and crafts are gathered and displayed
here with detailed English explanation.
A chance to absorb the
knowledge of traditional arts and crafts.
Ronown Teppan Yaki Restaurant (Steak House) "Tokiwa"
at Kyoto Hotel Okura. Grilled Japanese beef or fish
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
||Kyoto Imperial Palace, Sanjusangendo
and Shopping in the Traditional District near Kiyomizu
||ICC Kyoto - Kyoto Imperial Palace - Sanjusangendo
- Lunch - Shopping in the traditional district near
Kiyomizu Temple - ICC Kyoto
The Kyoto Imperial Palace was the residence of
the Emperor until the capital was moved to Tokyo
in 1868. The main Palace building, the Shishinden,
was used for the Emperor's coronation ceremony
and official court banquets.
In autumn the maples in
the garden complex turn a vivid red. It
is not open to the public.
Sanjusangen-do literally means "the hall
of 33 bays" as there are 33 spaces between
the pillars of the long building. There are 1001
carved wooden images of Kannon, the Goddess of
Mercy. The main image in the center is a gigantic
seated Kannon flanked by 1000 life-sized standing
images to either side.
in the traditional district
Enjoy shopping in the traditional district along
the slope to Kiyomizu Temple. There are endless
souvenir shops with traditional ambience and many
An elegant lunch at a nice restaurant near Kiyomizu
Application for Tours in
Those who wish to join the Tours in Kyoto are
requested to indicate this in the Hotel
and Tours Application Form and submit it to
JTB Western Japan, Corp. MICE Center by October
15, 2010 via Internet. Or you can download
the Form (PDF) and send it by fax or post-mail.
Hotel and Tours Application Form